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How to register your baby's birth
Who can register?
Babies born in Bolton whose parents live in Bury or Salford
What information is needed?
Birth certificates

How to register your baby's birth

Every baby born in England and Wales must be registered within 42 working days of the date of birth.

This should be done in the registration district where the birth took place. For births occurring in the Bolton Metropolitan Borough births are registered at Bolton Register Office or one of its outstations,The Town Hall or The Royal Bolton Hospital. All venues will register by appointment only. Appointments can be made by telephoning Access Bolton (number shown on the contacts tab above)

Who can register?

If, when the baby was born or conceived, the parents were married to each other, either parent can register the birth.

If the parents were/are not married to each other the Registrar may only enter the father's details if:

  • Both parents attend together to register; or
  • One parent makes a statutory declaration naming the father and the other parent attends to register with the appropriate declaration; or
  • Both parents have made a parental responsibility agreement  (the agreement will need to be submitted to the Register Office for authorisation of registration before the parent attends to register); or
  • Either parent has obtained an appropriate court order - the court order should be submitted to the Register Office for authorisation of registration before the parent attends to register.

N.B. If it is not possible to enter the father's details at the time of registration, in some circumstances it is possible to do this at a later date.

Babies born in Bolton whose parents live in Bury or Salford

Following the closure of Salford’s Hope hospital maternity unit and Bury’s Fairfield maternity unit, births have been transferred to the Royal Bolton Hospital. 

The law states that a child must be registered in the district where it was born. All children born in Bolton must be registered in Bolton. 

However, parents who live in Bury or Salford whose baby is born in Bolton, can register their child’s birth in their home town by special arrangements, this will help to make registering a baby’s birth more convenient. 

Please use the numbers below to register a child born in Bolton at your local register office, they will be able to give you details of times and venues for the registration of your child’s birth.

Salford Register Office 0161 909 6501
Bury Register Office 0161 253 6026

What information is needed?

About the baby:

  • The date and place of birth and, if more than one baby was born, the time of each birth;
  • Whether the baby is a boy or girl;
  • The forenames and surname the baby is to be given.

About the baby's mother:

  • Her first names and surnames and any other names being used, or used previously;
  • Her date and place of birth and her usual address when the baby was born;
  • If married, the date of marriage to the baby's father and the number of previous children;
  • Her occupation before baby's birth or, if unemployed, her last occupation.

About the baby's father:

  • His first names and surname and any other names being used, or used previously;
  • His date and place of birth;
  • His occupation at the time of the birth, or if unemployed, his last occupation.
  • You will also be asked to provide more information about the occupations given, which is for statistical purposes. You are not obliged to give this information but it is useful for statistical analysis.

The registrar will ask you to check all the information you have given to make sure it is correct before it is entered into the register. It is very difficult to correct mistakes once the details are in the register.

To assist the registrar in recording accurate information it would be helpful if informants were able to supply the following documents:

Proof of name

  • Current passport
  • Birth certificate 

Proof of change of name

  • Deed poll
  • Marital status   
  • All marriage/civil partnership certificate

Proof of address    

  • Council tax bill or
  • Utility bill or
  • Bank statement

Please be aware that we require the above documents for both parents even if they are married.

The production of the above documentation is voluntary and is requested by the registrar to ensure that the information recorded is accurate. The absence of supporting documents will not prevent the appointment being made.

Birth certificates

Short certificate

Once the baby has been registered the Registrar will issue a short birth certificate, which shows the baby's name, sex, date and place of birth, free of charge. This certificate has limited usages as it does not show the full details contained in the Register. There is no cost to register a birth. You may however purchase additional certificates at the time of registration if you need them.

Full certificate

You may also buy full birth certificates, which show all the details in the register including both the baby and parents' details, at the time of registration or at any time afterwards.

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